|View from the road on Friday's ride. I will never get tired of these pastoral scenes.|
This past week started with a nice Steady State workout on Willow Creek Rd, a dirt road that winds up from the coast towards Occidental. The workout was hard, harder than normal because my legs hurt from riding 350 miles the week prior, but after 2 hours of structured workout I met up with Brendan and a friend to ride mountain bikes on some ridiculously fun trails near by. Brendan could be heard screaming with glee on most the descents, it was a great time, although my legs were tanking!
|This was taken halfway down a trail Brendan described as 'the best trail in Sonoma County' so you know it was good!|
|I have never seen so much ocean from the 'sound of music' spot before. It was an exceptionally beautiful day.|
|I may have also spent some time on my back, laying on the forest floor. Not a bad spot for a nap;|
Friday, after an incredible breakfast of scones, eggs and lattes courtesy of Phil, we went on one of the most fun mountain bike rides I can remember in China Camp State Park. The trails were either screaming fast, or tight and tree lined to rocky and rooty. The Scalpel and I had a blast trying to keep up with the boys on the descents and crushing souls on the climbs (jk, it just sounds good to say crushing :) haha)
|Enjoying riding among the trees, with out of control beautiful views of the bay area.|
|Brendan feeling the feelings after a super techy ascent.|
|Phil caught this awesome pic of Scalpy and I dropping into a creek crossing.|
|Tomales Bay in the late afternoon.|
This past week I rode 250 miles, raced my bike, went 3 days in a row riding both road and mountain each day, and spent almost every waking minute Tuesday through Saturday outdoors. Sounds like heaven, and it really was, but I've learned there is such a thing as too much biking, a weird concepts for sure.
I've learned a few important lessons over the past 14 days, but of them the one that is having the biggest impact on my Sunday is that you should always respect the wisdom of the Inuit and 'don't overdo'. I did not respect this precept during break, and maybe rode my bike a little too much. I used to think gluttony was something that only applied to over-eating, but I now know it can come in the form of riding bikes :)